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Full text of "Annual Evaluation Report Fiscal Year 1984"

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B.  Progress and Accomplishments (Continued)

NOICC made occupational information available through microcomputers
in 40 States including more than 11,000 sites; provided information
about civilian and military career and training opportunities to
individuals in nine States; provided inservice training for coun-
selors in 14 States and territories; trained counselor educators in
pilot sites to teach new counselors how to use occupational infor-
mation; and prepared a guide for the Occupational Outlook Handbook,

o  Special projects were initiated on:

standards for excellence in business education;

improving collaboration between vocational education and the defense
establishment; and

achieving excellence in education through private sector involve-
ment in vocational instructional program advisory councils,

C.   Costs, Benefits, and Effectiveness

In FY 1984, program funds were used to support the following:

National Center for Research in Vocational Education.............$4,581,815

National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee.........2,243,100

Special Projects of National Significance........................1,050,704

Curriculum Coordination Centers..................................  773,494

TOTAL.............................8,649,113

Evaluation of NCRVE Activities: The U.S. General Accounting Office was
asked byCongress toreview NCRVE's project selection, quality control,
accountability for revenues and expenditures, hiring of professional staff,
salaries and benefits paid to employees, and outside contracting. GAO
found that NCRVE's activities were in accordance with its contract (E.I).
Specific findings include:

o Project select1 on: NCRVE initially identifies projects believed to
have nationalsignificance based on internal and external sources,
including legislative reports, professional associations, and vocational
education practitioners. Proposed projects are first reviewed by
NCRVE's National Advisory Council and then submitted, as part of NCRVE's
annual request for contract renewal, for review and approval by the
Department of Education which also designates projects to be done by
NCRVE.

0  Quality Control; NCRVE uses expert panels and outside consultants to
review products prior to their release; field reactions are determined
by user follow-up studies and publication-reaction cards (sent to
product users).

o  Accountability for Funds;  GAO found that Federal funds were expended
in accordance with the terms of the contract and were properly recorded.problems in this system.